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Stavanger, Norway (2007 – present)

Kvelertak (meaning stranglehold or chokehold) is a six-piece band from Stavanger, Norway in 2007. All lyrics are written in Norwegian, the band’s native language, and concerning Norse mythology/Viking folklore. As of today, the six members are: Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitar), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitar), Maciek Ofstad (guitar), Marvin Nygaard (bass), and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums). Known for their consistent, idiosyncratic sound, the band states that their main influences are rock and roll, black metal and punk.

In March 2011, Kvelertak was presented with two Spellemann Awards—a prestegious Norwegian music award similar to the American Grammy Award—for Best Newcomer and Best Rock Band


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  • spiderferi

    i've never heard anything like this but but it's freaking amazing![2] they're music is like listening to zeppelin and emperor at once!:d and it's fucking good!

    18 Oct 4:00pm Reply
  • unniquer

    i've never heard anything like this but but it's freaking amazing

    18 Oct 12:36pm Reply
  • irishtim

    These guys are so badass. Such an awesome mix of so many genres.

    16 Oct 5:34am Reply
  • Velolciraptor

    Love these guys. I get the impression they're just doing their thing and not giving a damn.

    14 Oct 2:41am Reply
  • xsykox1996x

    Black Metal for Hardcore Kids?

    28 Sep 5:26pm Reply
  • spiderferi

    wanted to start listening to them, but had no idea where i begin, and really what's their metal genre? black metal? what the fuck is black n roll? WAT?

    4 Sep 6:19am Reply
  • Taki90

    what's with the owl ?

    27 Aug 11:02pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Kvelertak

    4 Aug 3:08pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Went off them after the 2nd album and I thought maybe I'd grown out of it (after seeing them about 6 times in 3 years) but listening to it again, it's actually pretty rubbish. The first half is like rejected b-sides of the first, and man that opener is so damn boring.

    11 Jul 12:48pm Reply
  • TheMoralCrusade

    …Бьюсь в истерике. Эти ребята просто шикарны.

    4 Jul 3:40pm Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    Black n roll, huh? We'll see about that...

    2 Jul 11:15pm Reply
  • tjd9

    Just listened for the first time today. Real nice.

    25 Jun 7:45pm Reply
  • buttheadstorm

    I like these dudes, these dudes are cool

    25 Jun 4:48am Reply
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    13 Jun 5:34pm Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    I too am listening to them the first time in my life, and the s/t sure feels like good music! Snob's description "Black Metal-Surf Rock" below sounds pretty accurate to me; awesome stuff! :D Gonna see them live this summer. Judging from your comments, I can't wait!

    12 Jun 7:43am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Kvelertak

    7 Jun 8:07pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Because Metal Archive is the single authority on all things metal. Who gives a fuck, it's good music. But tag whores will be tag whores.

    6 Jun 8:25pm Reply
  • Cynic_Raven

    no metal detected...

    28 May 5:55pm Reply
  • Madtwoo

    Metal-archive kicked them maybe too much hardcore in it

    25 May 3:22pm Reply
  • Joizo

    I love Kvelertak <3

    25 May 7:27am Reply
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